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Prescot Library

Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot, Knowsley, Merseyside, L34 5GA

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday Closed.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 13:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 13:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Prescot.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 10+ Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 470cm (11ft 6in x 15ft 5in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Prescot library entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 26m (28yd 1ft) from the Prescot library entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • There are uneven surfaces on route to the shopping centre car park entrance caused by kerbstones and traffic calming ramps.
    • There are Parent and Child Parking bays.
    • The Parent and Child bays are located next to some of the Blue Badge bays.

Outside Access (Car Park Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the car park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • Comments
    • This entrance leads to a lobby area with a lift or stairs to the Library, One Stop shop and Museum first floor entrance.

Level Change (Car Park Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Other Floors (Car Park Entrance)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Lift (Car Park Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you enter the car park entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the car park entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 81cm (2ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 134cm x 196cm (4ft 5in x 6ft 5in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Outside Access (First Floor Car Park Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor, ahead as you exit the lift.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • Comments
    • This entrance is located on the first floor and gives access to the Library, One Stop Shop and Museum.

Outside Access (Prescot Shopping Centre - First Floor Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor of Prescot Shopping Centre.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 111cm (3ft 8in).

Level Change (Prescot Shopping Centre - First Floor Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the path leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

Reception (Library, Museum and One Stop Shop)

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the first floor car park entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • There is a touch screen.
  • The touch screen is not at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • Comments
    • There is seating to the right of the reception desk.
    • The seating has armrests.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Library

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes magnifying software.

Changing Places

  • Location and access
    • The facility is located on the first floor, towards the rear of the library area.
    • The facility is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the first floor car park entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the main reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 280cm x 367cm (9ft 2in x 12ft).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 187cm (6ft 2in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook and loop.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 272cm (8ft 11in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is adjustable.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available at the wash basin.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has not got a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Comments
    • The changing place is located through a locked door.
    • The door is opened electronically from the main reception.
    • Please ask a member of staff to open this door.
    • The width of the door is 90cm.
    • The door opens away from you (push).
    • The door is heavy.

Standard Shower (Changing Place)

  • Shower facilities are available.
  • The shower(s) surveyed is/are located within the changing place.
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the first floor car park entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor, to the rear of the library.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the main reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 195cm x 256cm (6ft 5in x 8ft 5in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 131cm (4ft 4in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • Comments
    • The accessible toilet also serves as a standard unisex toilet.
    • The accessible toilet is located through a locked door.
    • The door is opened electronically from the main reception.
    • Please ask a member of staff to open this door.
    • The width of the door is 90cm.
    • The door opens away from you (push).
    • The door is heavy.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Home visits / services are not available.